viral activation of T-lymphocytes
tjfergus at hsc.vcu.edu
Tue Nov 9 09:50:32 EST 1999
I did receive a message stating that "depending on who I spoke with" some believe that
HIV-1 is capable of producing them. I haven't checked it out yet. = )
Philip Fung wrote:
> Might be. I'm just regurgitating what read in my book and what I was
> told in class. :-)
> Tammy Ferguson wrote:
> > I think that only bacteria produce proteins that can act as superantigens, toxic
> > shock toxin from Staph. aureus for example. At least I have never heard of any
> > from viruses.
> > >
> > > One side note, there are also certain superantigens (certain proteins produced
> > > by
> > > certain viruses and bacteria) which serve to activate T-cells w/o an antigenic
> > > peptide in Class II MHCs, but that's something else... But a virus can cause
> > > T-cell activation by that route.
> > >
> Philip Fung
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